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The date is October 15, 1954. Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth, who
lives in the Toronto suburb of Weston, is a typical grade 8 girl.
She has a secret crush on a boy in her class and she thinks Elvis
Presley is "dreamy." Elizabeth also has a part-time job babysitting
an adorable little grade 2 girl named Suzie, and Suzie's
not-so-adorable grade 6 brother, David. Elizabeth's job is to walk
Suzie and David home after school and then stay at their house with
them until their mother gets home from work. David resents
Elizabeth because he thinks he is too old for a babysitter, and he
goes out of his way to make life miserable for her.
On this particular evening, however, Elizabeth has more than a
badly behaved boy to contend with. It is on this October night that
Hurricane Hazel roars down on Toronto, bringing torrential rains
that cause extensive flooding. David and Suzie's house is on
Raymore Drive, a street that will be practically wiped out by the
David and Suzie's parents are unable to reach the house, which
means the children's safety on this most deadly of nights is
Elizabeth's responsibility. She finds herself increasingly
isolated. They are surrounded by rising water. The electricity goes
out. The phone goes dead. Still, Elizabeth is sure they will be
safe as long as they remain in the house.
But are Elizabeth and the children really as "safe as houses"?
Before this terrifying night is over, Elizabeth and David will have
to learn to communicate and cooperate if they are to save their own
lives and Suzie's. Their survival in the midst of one of Canada's
worst disasters will depend upon their resourcefulness, maturity
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